The giftiest of seasons is upon us, but what do you get the rider who has everything? Once you've run out of tools, gear, and accessories to share, the only thing left to do is turn to the stuff that hasn't even been invented yet. Sure, it won't make it home before the weekend, but consider a Kickstarter two gifts in one; one for the person you're shopping for, and one for the hard working guys and gals making their dream product a reality.
With that in mind, we're back with our last Kickstarter Picks of 2016 - let's dive in!
Cycling Wear: For Women by Women
How 'bout some bike-wear that's high-performance and not short on style? Cycling Wear: By Women for Women is whipping up a collection of kit designed with female riders in mind. Blended merino wool and synthetics keep everything comfortable, airy, and odor-free, and practical touches like water-resistant phone pockets, flat seams, and feminine fits make this gear perfect for the lady-riders in your life.
If there's one thing riders love it's multi-functional tools that help lighten their loads. For the super-weight-conscious, consider the Air Lever; it's an uber-compact tire lever and CO2 pump so your friends won't have to bring the whole shop with them just to fix flats on the road. Light, durable, and compact enough to slip easily in a jersey pocket - did someone say stocking stuffer?
If your friends are fans of the three R's (reading, riding, and rocking), Microcosm's spring line of new books has something for everyone. From bike advocacy, to community issues, all the way down to darning your socks and mending the holes you wear in your jeans - there's a book for everyone living life on two wheels. Support a local, independent, underdog publisher, and get your brain some new stuff to chew on while you cruise.
Last but not least, everyone knows a rider who can never have too many lights. With the winter sun clocking out around 5pm, nighttime visibility is on everybody's mind, so how about some super-powerful LED bar-ends to give you some well-lit width on the road? Chirp's bar ends toss out a surprising amount of light from both ends of the bars - making your friends more visible and making sure everyone makes it home safely for the holidays!
Happy shopping, happy riding, and happy holidays! We'll see you out there.